Earlier this year, Liam Neeson announced that he no longer wants to make action films. A perfectly understandable wish when you consider how many (often relatively random) genre hits he has been involved in in recent years. The fact that Liam Neeson, who once worked as a character actor in Hollywood in the early 1990s and even received an Oscar nomination for “Schindler’s List”, was able to rise to become one of THE action stars of the present is the mega success of “96 Hours ” aka “Taken” owed.
14 years ago, Liam Neeson slipped into the role of former secret agent Bryan Mills, who travels to Paris to free his daughter from the clutches of an Albanian human trafficking ring. “96 Hours” was characterized by a remarkable ruthlessness that was reminiscent of the harsh and arch-reactionary cinema of the 1980s. Before Liam Neeson retires from action, we can expect “Blacklight”, which appropriately reminds us of “96 Hours”.
On September 9, “Blacklight” starts exclusively with a subscription to Amazon Prime Video. The German trailer, which has now been released, shows very clearly the direction in which the action thriller is moving: Liam Neeson not only beats up the bad guys here, but also partially blows them up. The whole thing was directed by Mark Williams, with whom Neeson previously worked together on “Honest Thief”.
The story centers on Travis Block (Liam Neeson), a freelance “fixer” whose job includes rescuing agents from sticky situations. Travis, who lives a life of secrecy, knows his hands have gotten pretty dirty over the past few years and is trying to make a change. When an agent is killed, Block discovers that a shadowy program called Operation Unity is killing ordinary citizens for reasons only Block’s boss, FBI Agent Boss Robinson (Aidan Quinn), knows.
When Travis uncovers the truth, he enlists the help of journalist Mira Jones (Emmy Raver-Lampman). But his past and present collide more and more when not only his daughter but also his granddaughter are threatened. Now Travis, who has some very special skills, must do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones. This is the only way he seems to have a chance to find his personal peace…
We will find out on September 9th, when the film will be available exclusively at Amazon Prime Video is streamable. The German trailer, however, already shows that the now almost 70-year-old Liam Neeson is still in good shape – and that’s actually half the battle for the success of the action thriller.
Here we also have the English-language original trailer for you: